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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/25/22)

The Super Juniors go back to back!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The United Empire keeps on conquering!

Don’t blink, NJPW keeps things fast and furious with the Super Junior Tag League! Will Catch 2/2 go 3-0 already? Or will LIJ make it all tranquilo?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Togi Makabe, Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita VS Tomoaki Honma, Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Makabe, Oiwa & Fujita win.
  • Six Man Tag: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Master Wato & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Chris Connors VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; Zayne & Lindaman win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Eagles & Tiger Mask win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ace Austin & Chris Bey VS SHO & Dick Togo; Ace & Bey win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

TJP & Akira: 2-0, 4 points
Austin & Bey: 2-0, 4 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 1-1, 2 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-1, 2 points
Bushi & Titan: 1-1, 2 points
Yoh & Lio: 1-1, 2 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 1-1, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-1, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-2, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-2, 0 points

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS YOH & Lio Rush!

The #TimeJet finally picked up speed last round, as did the Men of the Hour! But they’re all still a long way from leading the league, so who takes that important next step here tonight?

The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Yoh. Fans rally up with the bell and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, then Kushida gets around to the waistlock. Kushida shifts to a facelock but Yoh escapes with a fireman’s carry takeover. Yoh has Kushida’s arm but Kushida fights back up to get the waistlock back. Kushida schoolboys, ONE, but now Kushida has the leg! Yoh pries at hold but Kushida shifts to a KNEEBAR! Yoh scrambles and gets to the ROPEBREAK! Kushida lets off and fans applaud. Lio coaches Yoh and Yoh resets. Yoh and Kushida feel things out again, tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Yoh gets a headlock.

Kushida pushes a forearm into Yoh’s face to pry him off into a clinch. Kushida underhooks the arms but Yoh blocks the suplex by hooking legs. Kushida slips around to half nelson then headlock for a takeover! Yoh keeps his shoulder up, rolls Kushida to a cover, TWO! Kushida keeps on the headlock and grinds Yoh down. Yoh kicks around and pops free! Fans applaud, and Yoh even messes with Kushida’s hair. Knight calls Kushida over and says he wants in. Lio also wants in, but Kushida and Yoh want another go. They tie up, Kushida waistlocks, Yoh facelocks. Kushida brings Yoh down, and rolls and rolls to get the facelock for his own!

Yoh rolls but Kushida stays with him! Kushida then floats all over Yoh, and slaps him on the back! Fans applaud as Yoh resets again. Knight tags in this time, so Yoh tags Lio. Fans rally as things speed up! Knight runs Lio over and flexes. Things start moving again, Knight leaps over Lio! Lio rushes in but Knight hurdles over, and blocks Lio’s kick! Knight flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet! Lio avoids Knight’s grapple and runs the ropes. Lio turns on a dime, then jukes and slides under to kangaroo kick! Lio whips but Knight reverses, but Lio rebounds! Knight avoids the stunner to SLIDING SHOULDER TACKLE! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up while Knight drags Lio up. Knight wrenches the arm, tags Kushida back in, and hands Lio off for another wrench. Kushida twists the wrist, tags Knight back in, and another handoff to another wrench! Knight has the wristlock but he tags Kushida, another handoff and wrench! Tag, another handoff and wrench! And again! And again! Then they just hand off the wrench over and over! They double snapmare, then double knee drop the arms! Fans applaud but Yoh gets in to fire off forearms! Yoh runs, but Knight drops under and Kushida sidesteps! Yoh runs into a body shot, then a knee lift!

Fans applaud as #TimeJet double whip Lio. Lio handsprings under the double lariats! Kushida blocks Lio’s kick, hands it to Knight, Lio ENZUGIRI but Knight ducks so Kushida takes the hit! Knight runs into a HEADBUTT and SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up and Lio crawls to his corner. Tag to Yoh, and Lio runs in to clothesline Knight! Lio and Yoh combine, VICTORY ROLLING SPLASH! Then, DIRECT DRIVE IN MOTION! Fans fire up, Yoh covers, TWO! Yoh keeps cool, and he RAMS Knight into the corner. Yoh drags Knight up, stomps a mudhole in, then tags Lio. Lio stomps his own mudhole in, then tags Yoh.

Yoh and Lio both stomp a mudhole! They back up, and DOUBLE… Air guitar~! Then Lio DECKS Knight! Yoh drags Knight back up but Knight throws forearms in return. And an UPPERCUT! But Yoh kicks low! Yoh runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and Knight crawls over, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida goes up top to FLYING AX HANDLE! And then Kushida KICKS Yoh in the arm again and again! Kushida whips, Yoh reverses but Kushida handsprings and back elbows! Fans fire up with Kushida and he drags Yoh up. Hammerlock, but Yoh fights that to wrench and ROCK Kushida! But Kushida DROPKICKS the arm!

Fans rally as Kushida brings Yoh around. Kushida CHOPS, whips, but Lio tags in! Yoh reveres the whip but Lio gets him out of the way of Kushida’s return. Lio then runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel dropkick! Fans fire up for Kushida and he brings Lio up. Kushida whips, Lio slides to a stop and ducks the kick to schoolboy! TWO, into an ARMBAR! Lio clasps hands to fight it off, but then Knight intercepts Yoh with a tackle! Knight has Yoh’s legs, BOSTON CRAB! The Men of the Hour both endure submissions, but they both get ROPEBREAKS! Knight lets Yoh go, to then PLANCHA! Fans fire up as Kushida whips Lio again.

Lio reverses, Kushida reverses back, but Lio uses that to DIVE onto Knight! Fans fire up more as Kushida is shocked! Kushida runs into a shoulder, then Lio slingshots to schoolboy and SPIN KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Lio calls to Yoh and tags him in. The Men of the Hour get Kushida up, whip him to ropes, but Kushida fights off 3K with an ax handle! Kushida throws forearms, dodges Lio and PELES! Yoh JUMP KNEES Kushida down! Knight returns, into a JUMP KNEE! Yoh runs, but into a DROPKICK! All four men are down and fans fire up again! Knight crawls back to his corner and calls out to Kushida!

Kushida crawls, tag to Knight! #TimeJet gets Yoh up, and Kushida Electric Chair Lifts! Knight aims, but Yoh slips free! Yoh shoves Kushida into Knight! Lio drags Kushida out of the ring, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Fans fire up, Knight runs but Yoh back drops the satellite DDT away! Knight lands on his feet and swings on Yoh, but Yoh handsprings away! Yoh mule kicks, then suplexes, FALCON GOROSHI! Tag to Lio and he goes up top! Yoh sees Kushida, intercepts, FINAL HOUR from Lio! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!

Winners: YOH & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

The Final Hour struck, and now Yoh & Lio are rolling with back-to-back wins! Will they be the right team at the right time to win this league? Or is there still time for Kushida & Knight to turn it around?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Chris Connors VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!

The Wild Hips were tamed while the #GLEATSAUCE was cooled off. Both teams are hungry for more points, but who will be left starving with another loss on the record?

What’s in the bags this time? Well, Taguchi still has cool, refreshing water. Connors has beer again, but Taguchi again says he has to ride his motorcycle later. So instead, Connors offers him a “Let’s Get Wild” T-shirt! Taguchi likes it, and poses for photos. Connors still has that beer, though. Taguchi has his coach whistle and he blows it on Connors. Then he presents a yellow card! Well, the World Cup is happening right now. Connors has his warning, but Taguchi threatens the red card. Connors says anything but that, and he puts the beer away. The teams sort out and Lindaman fires up the crowd as he starts against Connors.

The bell rings, G-Rex and Wild Rhino fire up and circle. Fans rally, the two feel things out, and Connors trips Lindaman to facelock. Lindaman rolls free, facelocks then cravats. Lindaman snapmares, chinlocks, but Connors slips out to hammerlock. Connors grinds the arm, then shifts to a facelock. Lindaman throws elbows and then wrenches Connors’ arm. Lindaman CLUBS the arm, then puts on a headlock. Connors tries to power out but Lindaman holds on tight. Connors powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither man falls and fans fire up! Lindaman eggs on “Baby Connors,” so Connors runs.

They RAM shoulders again, neither falls, and Lindaman flexes as he shouts, “BABY~!” Connors says Lindaman should go! Lindaman says sure, and he runs the ropes. They RAM shoulders again, Connors rebounds and redirects himself to run Lindaman over! Lindaman flounders to ropes but Zayne runs in. Connors dodges Zayne to come back and run him over! Fans fire up, and Connors tags Taguchi. Connors stomps Lindaman in a corner while Taguchi kicks Zayne off the apron. Connors then whips Taguchi in at Lindaman to HIP ATTACK! And again! And again! And then Taguchi whips Connors for a WILD HIP ATTACK!

Connors CLOBBERS Zayne off the apron, and then Wild Hips booty bump. Fans fire up, Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Lindaman again! Taguchi gives Lindaman some stink face, but the ref calls the ropebreak. Taguchi lets off, whips corner to corner, but Lindaman pops Taguchi up, only to get caught into the headscissors and BOOTY ATTACK! Taguchi hits Lindaman again and again before letting Lindaman down. Fans rally up as Taguchi hops up the corner. Taguchi FLYING SEATED SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Lindaman survives that ass-sault. Taguchi suplexes but Lindaman slips out to waistlock.

Taguchi switches but Lindaman throws an elbow. Lindaman runs in at the corner but he blocks Taguchi’s boot! Lindaman ROCKS Taguchi with a forearm, puts him in the ropes, and hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lindaman tags Zayne and they DOUBLE CLUB Taguchi! Zayne drags Taguchi up, snapmares him and covers, TWO! Zayne KICKS Taguchi in the back while Lindaman rallies the fans. It’s a “One-two-three” rhythm so Connors says it must be for “TA-GU-CHI!” Lindaman says no, it’s just one-two-three. Zayne drags Taguchi up, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again! Taguchi wobbles around but Zayne whips.

Zayne ELBOWS Taguchi down, Connors coaches Taguchi up but Zayne tells him to shut up. Fans rally, Zayne has the arms and pulls Taguchi into a motorcycle stretch. Taguchi endures, fights up, and manages to turn through the hold! Taguchi knees low, CLUBS Zayne, then throws body shots. Zayne knees low in return! Zayne whips, Taguchi reverses but Zayne sunset flips! Taguchi stays up and brings down the tights! RED! Zayne gets away, Taguchi HIP ATTACKS, but Zayne blocks! Zayne holds onto Taguchi and says, “ITADAKIMASU~!!” He BITES TAGUCHI’S BUTT!! The ref reprimands and counts, and Zayne stops. Zayne says it’s surprisingly tasty.

Zayne SPANKS Taguchi in rhythm to rally the fans, and then he points to Lindaman. He’s offering Lindaman a taste? Fans applaud and Lindaman says no thanks! Zayne asks if he’s sure, but Taguchi rolls him up! TWO, and Taguchi hurries up. Taguchi manages to duck ‘n’ dodge and HIP ATTACK! Both men are down and fans rally up again! Hot tags to Connors and Lindaman! Connors rallies with shoulders and elbows! Lindaman goes to a corner, Connors runs in to back elbow! Connors whips Lindaman corner to corner and runs in to RAM Lindaman! Then he back drops Lindaman! SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Connors stomps in the corner. Lindaman rises and Connors takes aim. But Lindaman knees the spear away! And then clinches for an EXPLODER! Tag to Zayne and he storms up to Connors. Zayne puts Connors in a corner, but then BOOTS Taguchi off the apron! Lindaman & Zayne double whip Connors corner to corner, then Lindaman whips Zayne in for an elbow! Lindaman adds an elbow, then sets up! Zayne runs in to LEAP FROG but Connors SPEARS Lindaman! Connors turns around to POWERSLAM Zayne! Fans fire up and Connors tags Taguchi! The Wild Hips combine their powers!

“ORYA~!” But Lindaman drags Connors out! Taguchi still runs in but Zayne ducks Bum-a-ye! Lindaman slides in, he and Zayne coordinate, and Lindaman lifts Taguchi! SUPERKICK GERMAN SUPLEX! DOUBLE BRIDGE! TWO!! Taguchi survives but Lindaman says it’s time for a twist! Fans fire up as Zayne goes to the apron, but wait! Connors has a TACO!! Zayne’s favorite! Connors lures Zayne away and Lindaman shouts at him to eat later! Connors drops the taco and Zayne pounces on it! Taguchi ENZIGURIS Lindaman! Taguchi tags Connors! The Wild Hips coordinate, POUNCE HIP!! Fans fire up and they get Lindaman back up!

Zayne is still eating, and Taguchi shouts for the “Oshirigiri!” Fans clap along, but Zayne is done eating! He grabs Connors, and feeds him to the booty! Taguchi sees Lindaman on the outside and tells him that’s what he gets! But wait, Lindaman’s outside, so who’s…? OH NO! Taguchi realizes what happened! Lindaman drags him out, Zayne wraps Connors up, TACO DRIVER!! Cover, #GLEATSAUCE wins!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Wild Hips earn 0)

Zayne may have been distracted by his stomach, but he and Lindaman still come out the winners! Will they stay hungry until they have the trophies? Will the Wild Hips be able to get back on their feet next round?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Flying Tigers faltered last round, but Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master have yet to even score! Can Douki & Kanemaru kick Eagles & Tiger while they’re down? Or will the Flying Tigers take flight once again?

The teams sort out and Douki starts against Tiger. Fans rally and the two circle. Douki kicks low, wrenches and hammerlocks. Tiger reaches back to hit a flying-mare! Douki staggers up, he RAMS Tiger at the ropes, then runs. Tiger drops, Douki rolls over, but Tiger sweeps the legs! Tiger whips then FLYING CHOPS Douki! Douki gets up but he avoids the flying chops this time! Douki has the arms for a motorcycle stretch, but Tiger kangaroo kicks free! Fans rally, Tiger kicks Douki down. Tiger stands Douki up, to ROLLING SOBAT back down! Tag to Eagles, he drags Douki up and whips him to ropes.

Eagles ELBOWS Douki down, stands him back up and whips again, to DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Douki won’t be beat so easily, but Eagles bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger, and Tiger KICKS Douki low! Then he KICKS Douki down! Tiger stomps Douki around, brings him up, but Douki RAMS him into the Suzuki-Gun corner. The ref calls the ropebreak but Douki pulls at Tiger’s mask. Douki lets off with a kick, then stomps Tiger more. Tiget throws body shots and an UPPERCUT! And another! Tiger runs, but Douki does the splits! Tiger tumbles out and Kanemaru’s right on him! Douki DECKS Eagles while Kanemaru POSTS Tiger!

Kanemaru stomps Tiger around, then Douki joins him in stomping Tiger down. The ref reprimands, Kanemaru puts Tiger in, and then they both stomp away on him! The ref reprimands again but Suzuki-Gun stops at 4. Douki CHOKES Tiger! Eagles protests but the ref has to keep him back now. Douki tags Kanemaru and Kanemaru drags Tiger up to scoop and SLAM! Kanemaru then goes to the apron to slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru tags Douki and Douki drags Tiger up. Douki throws Tiger out, then he DECKS Eagles! Kanemaru snapmares Tiger to then stomp him again. Douki goes to the apron to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!

The ref reprimands but Kanemaru goes after Eagles. Douki drags Tiger up to suplex, but Tiger blocks! The ring count climbs, Tiger knees Douki low, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and the count is 10 of 20! The count climbs to 15 while both men stir. The count is 18 and both men slowly stand up! They both get in at 19! Fans rally and Tiger crawls. But Douki keeps him from Eagles! Tiger kicks, Douki blocks, but the SPIN BACK KICK knocks Douki down! Hot tag to Eagles! Eagles ELBOWS Kanemaru, RANAS Douki, then WHEEL KICKS him down! Eagles kips up, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit on Kanemaru, and a Young Lion is there to keep Eagles from hitting fans!

Fans fire up and Eagles goes back for Douki in the ring. Eagles aims from the apron, springboards in but Douki gets under! Douki kicks low and reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the suplex. Eagles wrenches out, Tiger gets in, and he KICKS! Eagles SUPERKICKS, then they DOUBLE BUZZSAW! Cover, Kanemaru breaks it! Tiger kicks Kanemaru out and Eagles drags Douki by a leg. But Douki kicks at Eagles, so Eagles steps through for a spinning toehold! Eagles goes to a corner, fans fire up and Eagles climbs up. Eagles encourages the fans to get louder and they do. 450, but Douki moves! Eagles rolls through, BOOTS Douki, but runs into Kanemaru’s cheap shot!

Douki dropkicks Eagles’ leg out and hot tags Kanemaru! Kanemaru storms in and he drags Eagles up. Kanemaru whips, and then dropkicks the legs out! And then he SMASHES the knee on the mat! Kanemaru drags Eagles up, for a SHINBREAKER! Douki runs in to dropkick the leg! Eagles hobbles, Douki clotheslines him in the corner! Kanemaru adds an elbow, Douki climbs up. BRITISH FALL to DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, Tiger breaks it! Tiger fires off KICKS on Douki, BOOTS Kanemaru, but runs into a dropkick tot he legs! Douki basement dropkicks Tiger out, then PLANCHAS to take him down!

Kanemaru scoops Eagles again for a SLAM! Kanemaru goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Eagles is still in this and Kanemaru is furious! Kanemaru drags Eagles up, suplexes, but Eagles slips out. But the leg jams! Kanemaru kicks the leg, trips Eagles, but Eagles kicks him way. Kanemaru comes back to BOOT, then he kicks the leg again. Kanemaru runs and tilt-o-whirls but Eagles throws him away to roll him up! With a bridge! FLYING TIGERS WIN!

Winners: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)

The Heel Master got outsmarted and Eagles snipes the points! Will Eagles & Tiger be able to keep up the momentum? Will Douki & Kanemaru ever get on the board?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ace Austin & Chris Bey VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Bullet Club meets Bullet Club! Unless the House of Torture has truly splintered off. Will the Murder Machine & Spoiler stack the deck? Or will the hot hand of #InevitableFinesse continue winning big?

Dick calls for the Too Sweet since they’re all “on the same time.” Sho agrees, but Ace & Bey aren’t sure. Fans clap for it, so Ace & Bey accept. They throw it up, but then Dick & Sho kick them low! The bell rings as Dick bumps Ace off buckles and Sho throws haymakers on Bey. Sho throws Bey out and Dick digs his boots into Ace. Sho also digs his boots in but the ref reprimands and counts. Dick & Sho let off, Dick ROCKS Ace with a right, then Dick & Sho double whip Ace corner to corner. Dick runs in but Ace dodges! Ace BOOTS Sho, then kicks Dick! Bey gets in, he and Ace stomp a mudhole! They double whip, then Ace pommels off Bey to ROUNDHOUSE Dick!

Bey runs and Ace sets up, FINESSE IN MOTION! Feed to the drop toehold and LOW KICK, then DOUBLE STOMPS! Bey triangle jump kicks Sho off the apron, and Ace hits the FLOP! Direct hit and down goes Sho! Fans fire up and Bey drags Dick up. Bey pokes Dick in the eye then ROCKS him with a haymaker! Dick staggers around, into another eye poke! The ref reprimands but Bey kicks Dick around. Bey whips Dick to a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Dick drops and Bey tells him this is what he gets for the cheap shots. Bey stands on Dick’s head, but lets off as the ref counts. Bey snapmares Dick to then UPPERCUT him in the back! Cover, TWO!

Bey wraps on a chinlock and grinds Dick down. Dick pulls Bey’s hair and wrenches out! Dick wrenches the arm, whips Bey to the corner, and the blue buckle pad is gone! Sho pretends to have no idea what happened, but then he CLAWS Bey’s eyes while Dick distracts the ref! Dick stomps Bey down, he drags Bey up, then he whips him to ropes. Dick ELBOWS Bey down, then stomps him around. Tag to Sho and Dick stands on Bey’s hair to keep him down! Sho digs his heel into Bey’s leg, then drags him up. Bey throws body shots and forearms, but Sho CLAWS the eyes! Sho throws Bey out and distracts the ref so Dick can DECK Bey!

Dick puts Bey in while the ref is busy with Ace. Sho gets Bey with a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, TWO! Sho has the ARMBAR! But Bey clasps hands! So Sho shifts to a short arm scissors! Bey fights to stack Sho in a cover, TWO! Fans rally, but Sho stays between Bey and Ace. Sho stomps Bey, drags him up and whips him into the bare buckles! Tag to Dick and Dick DECKS Bey! Dick and Sho stand on Bey’s head! The ref reprimands, the House of Torture let off, and Dick drags Bey back up. Dick wrenches and hooks Bey up in a cobra twist! Bey endures, Sho gets in to DECK Ace! Dick snapmares Bey and has the ref watch Ace. FIST DROP! Cover, TWO!

Dick is frustrated but the fans rally up. Dick tags Sho, Sho laughs at Bey. Sho drags Bey by his arm and twists the arm. Sho whips Bey into buckles again! Bey clutches his arm, but Sho brings him out. Sho back suplexes but Bey lands on his feet! Bey wrenches Sho’s arm, but Sho gets around to a waistlock. Bey elbows free, then PELES Sho down! Fans fire up while Bey crawls, hot tag to Ace! Ace LEG LARIATS Sho, DECKS Dick, then ROUNDHOUSES Sho down! Fans fire up as Ace whips and DROPKICKS Sho! Sho wants mercy but Ace says nope! Ace drags Sho up, Sho wrenches out and throws a forearm!

Ace throws a forearm back, so Sho throws another. Fans rally up as the two go back and forth. Ace SOBATS, then he reels Sho in. But Sho schoolboys with tights! TWO, Ace KNEES low then knee LIFTS! Sho ducks the heel kick to shove Ace into bare buckles! Dick BLASTS Bey, and Sho drags Ace into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Dick lines up the shot, slingshot senton onto the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Sho grins as he wraps on SNAKE BITE!! Ace endures and flails around while Dick plays defense. But Bey shoulders into Dick, slingshots over him and CLOBBERS Sho! Dick throws Bey back out and drags Ace up.

Dick & Sho mug Ace, double whip, and double kick! But Bey gets in to save Ace from the double suplex! Bey whips Ace to ropes and then sets up, Ace pommels and ROUNDHOUSES Sho! Bey SUPER FOREARMS Dick! Fans fire up and Bey fires up, too! Bey and Ace line it up, A B- NO, Dick uses the ref as a shield! Sho anchors Ace in the corner, and here come Yujiro & Evil! The House of Torture is always ready to pounce! Evil & Yujiro stomp Bey while Sho & Dick stomp Ace! Dick feeds Ace to a PIMP CANE SHOT! Then they all stomp Bey together! Evil drags Bey up and coordinates with Dick, MAGIC KILLER!

The House of Torture laughs at Bey, they all Too Sweet him, and then Sho has his wrench! Dick drags Bey up, Sho takes aim, but Ace drags Sho out! Bey wrenches and HEEL KICKS Dick! Ace KNEES Evil! And he dodges Yujiro on the apron to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Bey builds speed, TOO SWEET CONJILO! Then Bey and Ace set up again, A B C CUTTER! And THE FOLD!! Cover, Ace & Bey win!

Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Dick & Sho earn 0)

The House always tries to stack the deck, but they fell like a house of cards! Will they just give up on cheating? As for Ace & Bey, is it inevitable that they take the trophies?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS BUSHI & Titán!

Catch 2/2 has two wins for four points, but they’re facing the very team that almost took the titles off them at Battle Autumn! Will the Black Mask & El Inmortal score big off the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions? Or will the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball just conquer the ungovernables again?

As before, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the champions their introductions. The teams sort out and Gideon rallies the fans for “CATCH! NI NI!” already. Titan steps up, and he starts against TJP. They circle, tie up, and TJ shoots around to a waistlock. TJP hammerlocks an arm, has the wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings, bridges, and handsprings more to then wrench back. Titan has the wristlock now, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drags Titan down into the twisting headscissors! TJP tries to kip free but Titan holds tight. TJP bridges, moves around, and headstands! Fans applaud the balance!

TJP slowly sets down, pops free, and pats Titan on the leg. But Titan ducks the Penalty Kick! Titan rolls TJP but he rolls through to kick low. TJP pulls at the mask! Red Shoes reprimands but TJP climbs up on the corner to get at the strings! Red Shoes counts, TJP lets off and whips Titan corner to corner. Titan goes up and over and handsprings away! Things speed up, Titan RANAS TJP down! Tag to Bushi, Titan KICKS TJP, then LIJ double whip. They drop and sidestep, then leap frog to SOBAT, dropkick the legs and basement dropkick TJP down! Akira runs in, but into a double hip toss! And he gets DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS!

Catch 2/2 regroups on the outside as fans fire up, and LIJ double slingshots! Catch 2/2 slide inside but LIJ land on the apron! They both shoulder in, but into DOUBLE TARANTULAS! Red Shoes reprimands and counts the ropebreaks, Catch 2/2 let off together. TJP tosses Titan and Akira drags Bushi in. TJP drags Bushi up, Catch 2/2 double whip to SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and TJP drags Bushi over. Tag to Akira and Akira stomps Bushi down. Akira takes Bushi’s shirt off and offers it to the fans. Fans rally for the free souvenir, but then Akira just throws it down on the ground.

But Bushi fires off forearms on Akira! Akira CHOPS Bushi to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Akira runs in and clotheslines! Akira snapmares, covers, TWO! Akira drags Bushi up, bumps him off buckles then tags in TJP. Catch 2/2 double whip and double atomic drop, to then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Bushi hangs tough but TJP sits him up to KNEE him in the back. TJP wraps on a straitjacket stretch and pulls Bushi back. Bushi endures, reaches out, but TJP turns him over to then hook a leg. Fans rally and TJP messes with Bushi’s mask! Red Shoes reprimands so TJP stops.

TJP rolls and dropkicks Bushi back down! Cover, TWO! TJP keeps cool while fans now clap for “L I J! L I J!” TJP drags Bushi up but Bushi throws elbows. TJP ELBOWS Bushi on the back, then EuroUppers in the corner. TJP whips corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi runs to RANA TJP down! Fans fire up and Bushi crawls for his corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY TJP down! Titan blocks a punch, knuckle locks and CHOPS, to go up and up and tightrope walk. Akira rushes in but Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS him back out! Titan dodges TJP but TJP puts him on the apron.

TJP runs, but into a BODY SCISSORS THROW! Titan then slingshots, fires up, and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Catch 2/2! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags TJP up, puts him in, and Titan fireman’s carries to LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Titan calls to Bushi. Titan kicks TJP to a corner and Bushi joins him. LIJ double whip TJP corner to corner, then Titan rallies the fans. Titan runs corner to corner but TJP goes up and over! Akira drags Bushi out while TJP TORNADO DDT- Titan handsprings through it?! Fans fire up as Titan wags his finger. TJP kicks low, but runs into Titan’s TORNADO-

WAIT! TJP handsprings through it!! TJP and Titan go forehead to forehead and they both fire up! The forearms start flying and fans rally as they get faster and faster! TJP gets the edge, but Titan SOBATS! Titan runs, but into a SUPERKICK! TJP runs, but Titan goes Matrix! Only to get caught for an inverted suplex! But Titan slips out to! waistlock! TJP switches but Titan elbows free. Titan runs, TJP goes to the corner to go up and out and SPRINGBOARD FLYING DDT!! Tag to Akira, and TJP drags Titan up. TJP hoists Titan up top, climbs up after him, and drags Titan onto an Electric Chair?! Akira goes up, SUPER DUPER STEINER!!

TJP then aims, MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, Bushi breaks it!! Fans fire up as Bushi brings TJP up. TJP throws Bushi out and goes out after him. Gideon rallies the fans for “CATCH! NI NI!” Akira drags Titan up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and eggs him on. Titan CHOPS Akira back! Akira CHOPS Titan! Titan drops to a knee, but he rises up to CHOP again! Akira forearms, Titan SOBATS! Titan whips corner to corner but Akira reverses! Akira runs in to SHOTGUN Titan! Fans fire up with Akira as he brings Titan up, but Titan GOURD BUSTERS Akira first! And SUPERKICKS! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!

Titan crawls, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi has the fans fire up more as he climbs, MISSILE DROPKICK! Bushirooni! Bushi BLASTS TJP, runs in to ELBOW Akira, then he brings Akira out. Akira swings, into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Bushi brings Akira up. FISHERMAN- NO, Akira slips out! Bushi kicks low, runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow! But Bushi makes it a BACKSTABBER! Titan gets in, he stomps Akira to a corner, then LIJ double whip corner to corner. Bushi runs in to elbow! Then he sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to Bushi, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up again as Bushi and Titan fire up! Titan winds up and aims at Akira in the corner, LOCO LARIAT! Akira staggers, into the CODE- NO, Akira flips free! SUPERKICK takes Bushi out! Akira springboards in, TJP SUPERKICKS him! Catch 2/2 DOUBLE SUPERKICK Bushi! They set Bushi up in the Electric Chair, but he fights free! Bushi shoves TJP at the corner but Akira leaps over! Bushi kicks Akira and whips him to ropes, Akira reverses and TJP gets in, ALLEY-OOP! TJP turns Bushi over and fans rally with “CATCH! NI NI!” They sit Bushi up and run, but Titan drags Akira out! Bushi ducks TJP’s knee!

Bushi dropkicks TJP’s leg out! TJP bails out and fans rally up again. Bushi drags Akira up but Akira CHOPS! Akira runs, but Titan SOBATS! Bushi sunset flips and Akira springboards, SPLASH! Bushi covers, TJP breaks it! Fans fire up while Titan is frustrated. TJP kicks Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS TJP out! Titan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Bushi aims at Akira, CODE- NO, Akira throws it away! SNAP DRAGON! Akira roars, runs, but into a CODE BREAKER!! ANGEL INMORTAL!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!!

Winners: Bushi & Titan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Catch 2/2 earn 0)

The champions won in the Fall, but now they have fallen! What does this mean for their run in the league and their reign as IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

As for LIJ, Titan already grabs the title belts. Those aren’t theirs yet, but they’re hungry for them. Titan gives the belts to TJP so that Catch 2/2 can leave. But Bushi gets the mic to then say, “OI, champion team! We beat you! Everyone here is a witness to the fact that we beat you.” Bushi then introduces fans here to Titán! Titan gets the mic, and he says, in Japanese, “Sorry, I can’t speak very much Japanese.” And then in Spanish, “We’re still gunning for Akira’s and TJP’s belts! Those IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships! I’ll go to Mexico City, a belt around my waist. With my companion, Bushi, by my side! Let’s do it, partner!”

Fans applaud and Titan hands the mic back to Bushi. Bushi says that’s right, they do want those titles. “This league has only just started, but we will win the Super Junior Tag League, and the next time we’re in Gifu, we’ll be the champs! EN SERIO! MA-JI-DE!” Black Mask & El Inmortal are serious, but will they take the trophies and the belts?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 3-0, 6 points
Bushi & Titan: 2-1, 4 points
TJP & Akira: 2-1, 4 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 2-1, 4 points
Yoh & Lio: 2-1, 4 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-1, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-2, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-2, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-3, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-3, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another great night for this series, but I’m surprised the Super Jr. Tag League went two times in a row. World Tag League is Saturday, and then we get a HUGE hybrid show on Sunday, both tournaments on the same card. And guess what? That win for LIJ against Suzuki-Gun was another count-out. NJPW sure loves hammering home what’s coming next, cuz as I’ve said before, this has to lead to a No Count Outs type match for the KOPW.

Anyway, not surprising is Douki & Kanemaru still being 0-3 and same for Sho & Dick. Another unsurprising thing was Evil & Yujiro trying to help. And if not now, I don’t know when they’re going to finally have the story where House of Torture breaks off from, or is kicked out of, Bullet Club prime. They clearly don’t get along with the main branch (in kayfabe) and should just be their own group so they can recruit more people and be more than four guys, and sometimes Pieter. Then they can be THE Heel faction that fans can all boo and give thumbs down for what they do.

Great wins for Yoh & Lio, as well as Zayne & Lindaman. I especially liked Connors pulling a Jurassic World “taming raptors” move with that taco, but I am surprised it didn’t cost Zayne & Lindaman. And an awesome main event for Catch 2/2 VS LIJ in a rematch from Battle Autumn. How great that LIJ got the win here, and it is fitting into what I’ve been thinking, where Bushi & Titan get the trophies and the titles at WrestleKingdom so that all of LIJ has something. This also leaves Ace & Bey as the one and only undefeated team in the block already, their match with Catch 2/2 could be made into one that decides who moves on to the finals.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/24)

NXT Takes Care o’ Business!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who reigns on the Road to WrestleMania?

Both the NXT Women’s and North American Championships are on the line tonight! It’s Lyra Valkyrie VS Shotzi and Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair; Roxie wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Briggs wins.
  • Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace; Jacy wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Chase U win and will challenge The Wolf Dogs for the title.
  • Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson; Lash wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart; Lyra wins by forfeit.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend; Lyra wins and retains.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

The Ruler dominated the Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, then retained against Dragon Lee at Vengeance Day. And The Drama King wants all the credit since he “softened up” the Boy Wonder first. Will Oba “thank” Lexis by making this quick and painless? Or will the King truly have his Coronation?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns over NXT!

The bell rings and King dodges Oba to fire kicks! Oba blocks one, then SHOVES King to a corner! King dodges Oba, runs in to clothesline and CHOP! And SLAP! And CHOP! King whips but Oba blocks and reverses! King goes up, leaps, but bounces right off Oba! Oba whips King to ropes, then back drops him high and hard! The fans fire up as Oba hauls King up for body shots. Oba UPPERCUTS, then whips again, but King sunset flips! Oba spins out, but King avoids the elbow drop! King KICKS, and KICKS, then talks some trash. King BOOTS Oba, runs, but Oba grabs King to SHOVE him up and out!

The fans fire up again and Oba storms out after King. Oba hauls King into the ring, but King DROPKICKS Oba down! King huffs and puffs out after Oba, but Oba shoves him! Oba swings but only gets post! King SLAMS Oba’s arm into the post! Oba ROCKS King with the good hand! Oba brings King up, puts him in again, but King stomps Oba as he slides in! King CLUBS the bad arm, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Oba endures, fights up, but King grinds that shoulder. Von Wagner & Robert Stone watch this, and Stone says he’ll be right back. Where’s he going? Out there. Stone heads to gorilla but Von says it’s still not worth going after King!

As for in the ring, Oba fights up but King CLUBS the arm! King grinds the shoulder, but Oba whips him away! Then Oba scoops, but King slips free! King RAMS Oba into buckles, runs up again, but Oba puts him on the apron. King ROCKS Oba, goes up, but fans chant for “O~BA!” Stone is on the ramp as King DOUBLE STOMPS Oba’s bad arm! King runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slides out to shove Stone down! Fans boo as King talks trash, then gets back in. Oba grabs King, but King breaks fere! King fires forearms and CHOPS, then more forearms! King runs, but Oba LARIATS! King flounders up, Oba has him for the FLAPJACK!

Oba storms up on King, scoop shim, and gives him SNAKE EYES! Oba then hauls King up, SHOT-PUT! Oba fires up, the fans rally behind him, and King stands into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Ruler keeps the King from taking the crown, and Stone gets some sense of payback. Will nothing stop Oba’s reign that is backed by destiny?

 

Thea Hail, Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx talk backstage.

Thea sighs, and they ask if she’s okay. Riley Osborne hasn’t answered her all week. Then please tell them she didn’t desperately text him. No, she did what Jacy said and played hard to get on the date. Yeah, Jacy knows that part. Just tell us what happened on the date. And we see Arianna Grace eavesdropping… Thea says he opened the door for her, she said not to do that cuz she’s a grown ass woman who can do it herself. Oh, okay… So, what next? They went to dinner, he asked what it was like first starting at Chase University, and she was on her phone most of the time so she wouldn’t be “too available.”

Jazmyn, Jacy and even Ariana see how the advice was backfiring, and Jacy says that’s not what she meant about any of that. Uh oh… And then Arianna walks over, pretending like she couldn’t help but overhear. But Thea, a true lady is never afraid to come off as daring. She for one has been on many, many dates, and it just sounds like she scared Riley away. What!? Jacy calms Thea down, and Arianna continues. “When a man opens the door for you, you welcome it. When he shows interest in the little things you do, you engage and reciprocate.” It isn’t too late. Just go talk to Riley. And then what? Come off desperate?

Jacy agrees with Jazmyn, but Arianna says respectfully, how would Thea look desperate? Thea looks to Jacy but Jacy says no, don’t look at her. Jacy didn’t mean it the way Thea executed it. Jacy can’t do everything! Right, sorry. Arianna says, “And she’s your best friend?” Jacy tells Ariana to stop filling Thea’s head up with stuff, and stay out of their business. Or else she’ll make an example out of you. Jacy has the group leave, and Arianna scoffs. Which side is the right side of this? Is there still hope for this Chase U romance?

 

Lyra Valkyria checks in on Tatum Paxley.

The Morrigan looks her superfan over, she took a pretty serious blow. Is she good? Well, yeah, everything hurts, and Tatum’s only been able to have soup the past week, but she’s just happy Lyra came to her rescue! That wasn’t what that was, but someone had to tell Tatum to just tap out. She shouldn’t try to be a hero. Well, Lyra is Tatum’s hero~! Well, Lyra does feel bad about last week, but if Tatum can do something for her tonight, Lyra promises to make it up to her. Anything! Attack Shotzi with a baseball bat? Hit her with green mist so she’ll match her green hair? No, none of that! But she does need Tatum to just stay away from ringside.

But! No buts! Keep your butt back here! That’s her one request. If Tatum can do that, then Lyra has a very special surprise for her. A surprise? Really? Yes, really. Okay, Tatum will stay right here. Great! Tatum sits down and says this will be the hardest thing she’s ever done. But can Tatum be patient and let Lyra handle things on her own?

 

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin head to the ring!

The fans fire up as the Wolf Dogs, the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, are here. And this is even after the Big Bad Booty Nephew signed with Friday Night SmackDown! They step into the ring, belts on and trophy waiting for them, and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Bron says wow, who would’ve thought way back in September, when these two were beating the hell outta each other at No Mercy, that they’d be here today in alligator skin boots and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Corbin says yes, yes, yes, yes! He remembers No Mercy like it was yesterday, cuz didn’t Corbin win? Uh… Not funny. It’s a little funny.

Well alright, but then Corbin wouldn’t be here if not for Bron carrying the team. Corbin says if he remembers right, he did set Bron up pretty nicely. Boom, End of Days! Fans chant “Spear of Days!” and Bron says yeah, EOD was the set-up, he hit his Spear, and so just like the fans are saying, Spear of Days. The fans cheer that Spear of Days is a thing now. Corbin does love it. A couple A-Holes standing here with brand new hardware, and they are good with being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! But wait, here comes Chase U! Andre Chase & Duke Hudson ask for everyone to hold on just a second.

Now, the Wolf Dogs might not care about who’ll be their next challengers, but Chase U certainly does. Should they spell it out for ya? Duke has to hand it to the Wolf Dogs. Beating seven other teams to win the Dusty Cup, then winning the titles, that’s not easy. But Chase U is back at 100%, and it is Chase U’s time to shine! Bron says take the school spirit and their calendars, and shove ’em! Easy now, easy now. What we have right here… IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Chase says the former champs promised a shot at those titles, and Chase U ain’t taking no for an answer! So, Wolf Dogs… Chase U will get their match, and will give them an Andre Chase U sized ass whooping!

But wait! Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! And they say no no no! That’s not how this works! Hate to break it to ya, Mr. Chase, but that agreement with the former champions is therefore null and void. “And that, my friends, is a Hart-Hitting Home Truth.” Axiom adds that in case no one remembers, these two were the closest to beating the Wolf Dogs. So therefore, if there’s anyone that deserves this shot, it’s them! Frazer & Axiom storm up to the ring and add that Wolf Dogs went and jumped them from behind, so they’re gonna pay for that, “You pieces of sh-” Whoa! Hey! Axiom calms Frazer down and they get in the ring.

Duke mocks Frazer’s accent as he says, “I don’t know who invited you two to the party,” but seriously, good to see you. But grab a ticket, get to the back of the line, because the future TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions are about to plant the Chase U flag firmly where it belongs. Corbin says hold on, listen. This sounds like a you guys problem, and the tag champs have stuff to do and places to be. They can take these problems and tell someone who cares. Ava Raine walks out and tells Baron & Bron that yeah, they’re right. It isn’t up to the Wolf Dogs about who their challengers. That’s up to her!

But it is so easy when she sees two very deserving teams right in front of her. So she feels it’ll be Frazer & Axiom VS Chase & Duke to decide the NEW #1 Contenders. The fans like the sound of that, and Ava says it will also happen tonight. The fans really like that, and now tonight is even bigger than before! #ThankYouAva, but who will rise above to then step to the Wolf Dogs?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from Roxie’s match with Wren Sinclair after their… heated altercation. Roxie says Wren shows a lot of promise, and reminds her a bit of herself. Y’know, all happy to be here. But once Wren’s been here awhile, just being “happy to be here” won’t cut it anymore. We’ll see others getting chances she deserves, the spotlight that was once on her being ripped away by every single girl in the locker room, and then as she tries to make sense of it all, it just won’t! Chances you work for an entire year, even your entire LIFE for, will be handed to main roster stars.

After awhile, she’ll build up a callous towards other people’s feelings, and realize that the only person she can make happy around here is herself. Roxie tells Shotzi and Lyra to watch her tonight. Because she’ll be doing the same for them. Is The Prodigy going to use her edge to cut down the future so she can once again be the present?

 

Another mysterious message plays.

“Men deny their truth. I will be a mirror to it.” And then someone smashes glass! Just what is making its way to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair!

NXT returns and Wren makes her entrance, still remembering that sucker punch to her left cheek. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Wren powers Roxie to ropes but Roxie turns it around and digs into Wren. The ref counts, Roxie lets off and then shoves Wren. Wren shoves Roxie, then trips her to rain down shots! Roxie turns that around and gives those shots back! The fans fire up as the two scrap, roll, then tumble out of the ring! Roxie fires off on Wren, lets off as the ref counts, and then Roxie pushes Wren in. Roxie storms up but Wren turns her for a backslide! TWO, and Wren rolls Roxie up, TWO!

Roxie is up, and she ROCKS Wren with that same haymaker! Roxie talks trash on Wren, whips her but Wren reverses to ROCK Roxie! And then wrench, scoop and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wren clamps on a facelock and grinds Roxie. Roxie endures, fights up, and WRINGS Wren’s arm out! Wren bails out, Roxie pursues, and Roxie wrenches again. Wren ROCKS Roxie again, but Roxie just gets mad! Roxie WRINGS Wren’s arm into the floor! Roxie SLAMS the bad arm, drags Wren up and SLAMS the arm on the apron! Then she SMACKS Wren off the apron, shoves her in, and covers, TWO!

Roxie is seething, but she stands Wren up to wrench and YANK! Roxie wrenches, then chinbars Wren. Wren endures and fights up, but Roxie wrenches and hits an STO! Then she drops a knee on the arm! Wren clutches the elbow, Roxie covers, TWO! Wren is showing toughness but Roxie pulls hair to sit Wren up. Roxie wrap son a cobra clutch and thrashes Wren about. The fans rally, Wren fights up, and Wren pries at the hold, but Roxie hits another STO! Roxie has a top wristlock, leans on Wren, but Wren fights up. Wren throws body shots, the fans rally, but Roxie cranks the arm. Wren arm-drags free!

Wren goes to a corner, Roxie runs in, but Wren ELBOWS her away! Roxie runs up again but Wren BOOTS her! Wren LARIATS, then LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Wren DROPKICKS! Roxie goes to a corner, Wren runs up, but Roxie boots! Wren blocks it and SLINGS Roxie down! Wren then suplexes, but Roxie fights free! The bad arm bothers Wren, Roxie WRINGS it out again! Then SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! And then lets off!? She puts Wren in a CROSSFACE! Wren taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie showed us some thing new: sadism! Will Roxie tear into whoever is champion after tonight so she can Stand & Deliver?

 

The Meta Four meets backstage.

Noam Dar says tonight, Lash Legend takes care of Kelani Jordan. But he and Oro Mensah need to figure out how to handle No Quarter Catch Crew. They want the Cup because of the sport and tradition, when both of those belong to Dar! Oro says to relax. They’re champions! Oh, wait, here comes NQCC! Not during the secret handshake, man! But Drew Gulak says hello to Miss Jackson and Miss Legend. Charlie Dempsey reminds Dar that the cup represents over 100 YEARS of British Wrestling. Yeah, shut up, Charlie, you’re boring. Dar’s from the UK and even he doesn’t to listen to a history lesson.

So less talky-talky, more walky-walky. This is two weeks in a row they’ve stunk up Dar’s lounge! Damon Kemp says once one of them wins the Cup, they won’t need to come back. Okay then, who IS Dar facing? Yeah, wouldn’t he like to know. Uh, duh, that’s why he asked! Kemp says Catch Clause means you find out once they’re all in the ring. So see you next week, bud. Catch Clause? What? Dar is confused. He has to prepare for ALL FOUR of them just because of this clause? How is that fair? NQCC might’ve just found a way to counter Meta Four’s numbers game. Will the Cup soon belong to someone who respects its Heritage?

 

Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Country Strong went their separate ways in a mutual break-up, but not everyone in the trio was able to stand strong alone. Briggs told Jensen to grow up and toughen up, so here’s Jensen’s response! Will “little brother” Brooks show everyone that he’s a grown man? Or will he still just be Briggs’ sidekick?

The ref has to keep Jensen back, and Briggs smirks at Jensen’s fuming. The bell rings and the two tie up. They are in a deadlock but then Briggs headlocks. Jensen powers up and out but Briggs runs him over! Things speed up, and now Jensen runs Briggs over! Briggs gets up while fans rally for Jensen. Jensen runs in, but into a BOOT! Briggs runs up to CLOBBER Jensen! Cover, ONE!! Jensen is tough and Briggs knows it, but he reminds Jensen he asked for this. Briggs bumps Jensen off buckles, throws elbows, then brings him around. Briggs CLUBS Jensen, then whips him to a corner. Jensen reverses, blocks the boot and CHOPS!

Jensen fires CHOPS and clotheslines, then BULLDOGS! The fans rally as Jensen DROPKICKS Briggs down! Jensen hurries to get a leg but Briggs BOOTS Jensen out of the ring! Jensen flounders and Briggs steadies himself. Briggs goes to the apron but Jensen ROCKS him! Jensen drags Briggs out to CLUB him, fire forearms, and then CHOP! Jensen pushes Briggs in, fires forearms, but Briggs hits body shots. Jensen CLUBS Briggs, Briggs powers Jensen to ropes, but the ref counts. Briggs whips, Jensen hurdles and hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Jensen and Briggs bails out.

Jensen pursues, brings Briggs around, and RAMS him into barriers! The fans fire up as Jensen DUMPS Briggs into the gap! Jensen hops over, rains down fists, and the fans fire up! Jensen stomps away and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen stands on the barriers, fist bumps fans, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen drags Briggs up and over the barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then storms up. Briggs RAMS into Jensen, but Jensen blocks the buckle bump! Jensen gives the buckle bump, goes up the corner, and FLYING AX HANDLES Briggs down! Jensen CLUBS Briggs down, covers, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Jensen keeps on an arm! Jensen CLUBS Briggs, then clamps on a chinlock! Jensen has a rear mount to put his full weight on Briggs, but Briggs fights up and reaches out. Briggs stands, powers Jensen to ropes, then powers out to ELBOW Jensen down! Jensen flops to the apron but Briggs stomps him.

Briggs digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Briggs lets off, paces, then brings Jensen up. Briggs whips, and scoops for a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Jensen stays in this and Briggs grows frustrated. Briggs looms over Jensen, then eggs him on. Jensen throws body shots, but Briggs whips him hard into a corner! Jensen bounces back off buckles, then crawls by the ropes. The fans rally but Briggs drags Jensen back up. Briggs ROCKS Jensen with a shot right to the nose! Jensen clutches his face as he falls over, and Briggs eggs him on again. Briggs clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Jensen around! Jensen endures, even as Briggs leans on him.

Jensen fights around, reaches out, but Briggs squeezes tight. NXT returns to single picture and Jensen fights to his feet. Jensen throws body shots, gets free, and he ENZIGIRIS Briggs! Briggs wobbles and staggers, swings, but Jensen catches him for a backslide! ONE, but Jensen dodges Briggs to sunset flip! Briggs stays up, to NECK TWIST! Jensen scrambles to a corner and Briggs seethes. Briggs storms up to fire haymakers! The ref counts, Briggs fires more shots and fans boo. The ref backs Briggs off and Briggs paces around. Briggs storms back up to get Jensen to his feet. Briggs whips, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Jensen survives, and Briggs even has to smirk at his former tag partner’s toughness. Briggs looms over Jensen, says he’s doing this to toughen Jensen up. “Show me that you’re a man.” Briggs kicks at Jensen, Jensen stands to SLAP him! Fans fire up as Briggs wobbles! Briggs grins and nods, and he even claps for Jensen. Jensen stands, blocks a shot to fire off more shots! The fans fire up as Jensen backs Briggs down! Briggs blocks the whip but Jensen SUPERKICKS! Jensen whips and LARIATS Briggs, then CLOBBERS him! And DROPKICKS him! Jensen hurries to go up a corner and takes aim!

Briggs stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Briggs is still in this but Jensen stays focused. Jensen CHOPS and clothesline Briggs in a corner again. The fans rally, Jensen BULL- NO, Briggs powers out, then BOOTS Jensen down! Briggs choke grips for the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jensen survives and shocks everyone! Briggs and Jensen slowly rise, and Briggs pushes Jensen around. Jensen fires a haymaker, Briggs hits back, these two brawl from their knees up to their feet! The fans fire up, Briggs CLUBS away on Jensen, then runs. Jensen BOOTS! Briggs rebounds to BOOT!

Jensen rebounds to WHEEL KICK! Then he suplexes Briggs high and hard! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs stays in this and “This is Awesome!” Jensen drags Briggs back up, reels him back in, but Briggs back drops free! But Jensen sunset flips it! TWO!! Briggs used a punch to get free, and now CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! But Briggs isn’t done, “I did this for you! I love ya, man!” CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL AGAIN!! Cover, Briggs wins!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

Briggs then sits Jensen up to hug him, again assuring him this was all for the betterment of them both. Jensen did put up one hell of a fight, will he become a champion thanks to this tough love?

 

Joe Gacy’s still in a straitjacket?!

And he wakes up in some dark space. Gacy manages to sit up, and look who walks in. Dijak puts his nightstick on his desk and says there is no decency in Gacy. Gacy says he admires Dijak’s attempts to stop him, but this train is on a never-ending track. Dijak says he has many… “instruments of peace” to derail Gacy’s train. Gacy stands up, and there’s a Plexiglas window between them. Gacy fogs up the glass, and uses his nose to doodle a smiley face. Gacy laughs and staggers around the padded room. Luca Crusifino somehow finds this place, and says this is false imprisonment. Dijak tells him to go to hell, Dijak can do what he wants.

Okay, but this is still illegal. Dijak tells Luca that Gacy violated Dijak’s law! Luca says the world doesn’t work the way Dijak wants it to. Luca leaves, and Dijak glares at Gacy. Gacy grins and says this isn’t over. Gacy laughs again, is there no breaking the already broken?

 

Carmelo Hayes walks downtown.

He returns back to the barbershop, his favorite spot to visit with Trick Williams. But what’s he doing back there without Trick? We’ll hear from HIM after the break.

NXT returns and Melo wants Trick to see where he is right now. “This is where it all began. Trick Melo Gang. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Good memories, great moments, but here I am, all alone. But I ain’t lonely. Let’s talk about it.” Melo is here to wear his pride, knowing his principles stay intact, and knowing he didn’t have to snake his boy out of his spot, or getting too big for his own boots. Melo says it is a shame, cuz Trick played his role so well. Melo wanted Trick to experience everything there was to being a top guy. Melo wanted to lift Trick up with him. And this is how Trick repays HIM? By trying to be the top guy?

Trick could’ve been number five, three, or even number two. But Trick wanted to come for the one of one. And when you come for the one of one, you realize Melo ain’t second to nobody. Melo let Trick stand beside him, put “Trick” before “Melo” in “Trick Melo Gang,” all to amuse Trick. In reality, it was amusing to Melo for anyone to think Trick was ahead of HIM. To stay at the top, you have to be ruthlessly ambitious, with that killer instinct. You think Melo is stupid? That Melo didn’t see the signs? Melo knew Trick would want his shine sooner or later. Melo saw Trick side-eyeing the title, he felt the envy with every accomplishment.

Melo is Trick’s biggest competition, so Melo knew that sooner or later, unfortunately, he’d have to get Trick before Trick got him. So Trick, wherever you at, stay there. Because your 15 minutes is up. Now back to business. Ilja, you wanna see me? Get in line. Because if you ain’t talking about that NXT Championship, we ain’t got nothing to talk about.” Melo has issued his mission statement, will he return to the top of the brand by any means necessary?

 

Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace!

They warned the Pageant Queen, but it seems they’re gonna have it out after all! Will this match help win the romance advice argument? Or will it just show Thea how to handle nosy eavesdroppers?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Jacy wrenches and wristlocks but Arianna spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and holds on tight. Jacy rolls, handsprings, and then wrenches to CHOP BLOCK! Cover, ONE, but Jacy storms up, Arianna body shots, snapmares, then runs to run Jacy over! Arianna blows kisses and tells Jacy to kiss the ring. Jacy WRINGS Arianna into ropes! Arianna tumbles out of the ring, feigning pain, and Jacy wants her girls to go after Arianna? This is still that toxic nature Jacy has to work on, as neither Thea nor Jazmyn want to do any of that. Jacy goes out after Arianna to shove her in and then she asks what the hecc.

Jacy gets in, storms up on Arianna but Arianna hits a SAYANAGI! Arianna scoops but Jacy slips fere to shove her into a corner. Jacy runs up to back body block, then she short arm LARIATS! Jacy says “SUCK IT!” then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy clamps onto Arianna with a chinlock but Arianna pushes back. Jacy holds off the pin, grinds Arianna, but Arianna pushes to a cover this time. TWO, and Jacy shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Arianna staggers to a corner, Jacy runs up but Arianna dodges. Arianna scoops to SLAM Jacy, then she sets up to high kick and ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Arianna clamps onto Jacy with a chinbar and armlock, and she says they know her advice is right! The fans rally as Jacy endures, and Jacy fights up. Jacy pries the chinbar away, then TOSSES Arianna up and out! Jacy storms back out after Arianna, but Arianna throws body shots! Arianna SMACKS Jacy off the apron but Jacy ELBOWS back. Jacy gets in, Arianna staggers around, and Jacy storms up again. The ref stops her so she says to do something! Jazmyn says fine, and she CLUBS Arianna! Jazmyn puts Arianna in for Jacy to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Jacy wins!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

Thea wasn’t really into that finish, but she and Jazmyn- Er, well, Jazmyn pushes Thea aside to raise Jacy’s hand. Is Thea seeing Jacy’s true colors?

 

The D’Angelos meet.

Adriana Rizzo & Stacks sit with The Don. Rizzo says she gave everything she had out there last week. Tony knows. It was her first singles match, it was a great showing, don’t get down. Stacks takes the blame for last week, and vows they’ll get those tag titles back. Tony says no, they’re not. Not now. What? After that loss, Tony did some thinking. The past six months, he lost track of the bigger picture. What does he mean? They’ve been playing small ball. Taking bets from Chase U, fighting OTM over who runs the streets, and destroying the restaurant in the process. What the hell are they doing? They’re the D’Angelo Family!

Tony wants them to go in the right direction, a new direction. No more community stuff, no more feedbag, no more pinons, they do things his way. They do things his way, and if you don’t like it, tough. He needs them to let the rest of the family know, and if they don’t like it, let him know. It is time for Tony to truly be The Don of NXT. Rizzo & Stacks nod, but what is Tony planning for the future?

 

Ridge Holland has a sit-down interview.

Sarah Schreiber thanks him for taking this time. She recalls their previous sit-down about a month ago, where he poured his heart out. We got an inside look at his life, and some of the more unfortunate moments in his career. Now we’re back here after the Gallus Gauntlet, where he took a chair to all three men. What does he have to say a week after that? Ridge says when they spoke last, people saw a different side of him. But then he still can’t get that stench of misfortune off him. Gallus took Ridge’s surgically repaired leg, put it in a chair, and they smashed it. But that’s fine, right?

But when Ridge got that chair in his hands and used it, it is truly a weapon. He can’t even fight fire with fire without being judged. So he’ll try this once more. But not here. Sorry, Sarah. Next week, on NXT, Ridge will address the WWE Universe and apologize for all of his actions, “even if no one cares, even if no one gives a damn.” Because the man Ridge Holland is, chair in hand, is not the man Ridge is in everyday life. Ridge walks away, will NXT finally understand Yorkshire Grit?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer!

From one half of Chase U to the other, Thea feels awkward about passing Riley Osborne without really saying anything. But will all things be A-OK after Duke & Mr. Chase win their way back to the tag titles? Or will the Undeniable Truth and the Jersey Island Rocket be the ones flying high on the Road to WrestleMania?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance together. The teams sort out and Chase starts against Axiom. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Chase rolls back, wrangles Axiom with a top wristlock, but Axiom kips up to bridge. Axiom stands but Chase wrangles him back down. Axiom kips up and bridges again, then rolls and headscissors back. Chase fights around, Axiom holds tight, so Chase rolls Axiom and bridges out to tie the legs up. Chase armlocks, wrenches, and YANKS the arm. Axiom rolls, slips under and trips Chase to a toehold, then an ANKLE LOCK! Chase rolls but Axiom facelocks.

Chase wrenches, facelocks, but Axiom waistlocks. Axiom ties up the legs and has a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase pops free to cover, ONE, and Axiom sweeps to cover. ONE, dropkicks cancel out and fans fire up as the two stand off! The two reset, tie up, and Chase headlocks. Axiom powers up and out, drops, but Chase rolls, runs up and hip tosses. Axiom handsprings through, arm-drags then DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Frazer tags in, and they speed blitz on Chase! Clothesline then BASEMENT DDT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Frazer whips but Chase BOOTS Frazer down!

Tag to Duke, he and Chase double whip Frazer into the corner then body shot! High-ten and DOUBLE CLUB! Frazer drops to his knees, Duke wrenches and RAMS shoulders! Cover, TWO! Duke whips but Frazer slides under to headlock! Duke powers up and out, Frazer goes up an dover to headlock again. Duke powers up and out again but Frazer redirects, redirects again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then keeps going to DROPKICK! Duke stays standing to CLOBBER Frazer! Duke drags Frazer up, tags Chase in, and they hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Frazer lands out! Tag to Axiom, BOOT to Chase!

Frazer helps Axiom DROPKICK Duke, then Axiom knuckle locks Duke for a CHOP! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Duke runs back in, but Axiom & Frazer dump him out! Axiom DIVES onto Chase, Frazer DIVES onto Duke! Then another DIVE for Chase! Another DIVE for Duke! The fans fire up as the fast ‘n’ furious duo stands tall and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Chase fights out of a chinlock. The fans rally as Chase hits an ELBOW BRAEKER, but Axiom shoves him to ropes. Axiom ROCKS Chase, tags Frazer, then Frazer GAMANGIRIS! Chase staggers back into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Frazer shoves Chase toa  cover, TWO! Chase survives and the fans rally up! Frazer snarls as he clamps on a chinlock. Chase endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Chase reaches out but Frazer keeps him back. Frazer whips and trips Chase, then goes up the apron to springboard, into a SIDE EFFECT! Chase and Frazer are both down while the fans fire up!

Chase and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Duke and Axiom! The Chase U MVP rallies on the speedsters! Scoop and SLAM for Frazer, then a BOOT! Axiom leaps, into a kick! Duke hauls Axiom up, but Axiom slips free to SUPERKICK! Axiom runs up, into an “U~” Renage! Frazer runs up, is sent into buckles, and Duke JABS, JABS, JUABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! Axioms taggers, Duke scoops, FALL AWAY GUTBUSTER SENTON COMBO!? Cover, TWO!! Duke almost had it there but Riley coaches him up. Duke drags Axiom up, reels him in, and Canadian Racks! But Axiom turns The River into a RANA!

Duke hits buckles and sputters in a daze! Frazer tags in, to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag back to Axiom, the speedsters RAM Duke into a corner! They put Duke up top, Duke fights free, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Axiom climbs back up after Duke, brings him to the very top, and fans freak out for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? Duke survives and no one can believe it! Riley can barely breathe and he’s not even in the match! Duke huffs and puffs and powers up, “This is Awesome!” Frazer tags in, he and Axiom KICK and KICK and KICK! And SUPERKICK! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

Duke roars and DOUBLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous and Duke tags in Chase! Chase goes up top, he aims at Frazer, CROSSBODY! Cover, Frazer rolls through! TWO!! ENZIGIRI! Chase URAKENS! And then sunset flip, but Frazer sits on it! TWO and Chase has the sunset! TWO!! Frazer goes to stack but Chase rolls it back to a cover, CHASE U WINS!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Champions)

Frazer is stunned, but somehow, someway, Chase U really is better than ever! But the GOOD BROTHERS attack?! The fans go nuts as Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat down Chase, Duke, Axiom & Frazer! Riley runs into the ring but he gets an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Gallows & Anderson get Duke up, for the MAGIC KILLER!! Fans fire up with “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Are the Machine Gun & Big LG about to run NXT?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“Carmelo Hayes. Since day one, I saw right through you. The jealousy of your best friend consumed you, and you pointed the finger at me! You are the complete opposite. You are a coward, attacking Trick from behind and doing the same thing to me. Melo, you are the lowest form of life. A rodent emerging under the cover of night. But I have what you seek. So I will see you at Roadblock, under one condition. Show up next week and meet me face to face. Melo, come for this championship, because I’m coming for something more important: Your soul.” The red eyes of the Mad Dragon stare HIM down, will Melo regret adding fuel to the fire?

 

Fallon Henley sulks backstage.

“I don’t know what’s gotten into them. They’re supposed to be like brothers.” Seems seeing Briggs and Jensen fight that hard has Fallon questioning things. But then Thea sighs and Fallon looks over. Seems they’re both doing bad. Tonight, Fallon watched her two best friends beat the hell out of each other, and she can’t get her footing to save her life. A rough time. Thea says that does suck. The only positive thing in Thea’s life is that Mr. Chase & Duke have another chance at the tag titles. But then the OC goes and knocks them on their butts. Mr. Chase probably deserved it, but don’t get Thea started on that.

And then everything else… sucks. Her best friend is acting weird, Thea probably did take her advice the wrong way, and she just does that apparently. Went on a date with Riley, it didn’t go so well, it went worse, awful. She ruined everything. Valentine’s Day strikes again. If there’s anyone who knows about that, it’s Fallon. Really? If there’s one thing Fallon could do to erase February 14th, 2023 from her memory, she would. Fallon suggests taking a walk so she can tell the story. They head out, is Fallon going to be the friend Thea truly needs right now?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson!

The Gym Princess may be on Kiana James’ radar, but the Meta Four doesn’t get it. Will Kelani spell it out for them in this match? Or will Legend simply #LashOut and bring Kelani down?

NXT returns and Kelani makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash is already talking trash. She and Kelani circle, tie up, and Lash waistlocks to SLAM Kelani down. Lash pushes Kelani around, talks more trash, but Kelani pie faces back! Kelani dodges Lash, waistlocks, but Lash wrenches free. Lash wristlocks, knuckle locks, then straight arm levers! She holds Kelani up, but Kelani sunset flips through! Lash stays up, brings Kelani back up to wheelbarrow, but Kelani victory rolls! ONE, but Kelani tilt-o-whirls to crucifix takeover, TWO! Lash gets up but Kelani headlocks! Lash powers out but Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to jump into a BOOT!

Lash storms up on Kelani, talks more trash, then SMACKS Kelani off the mat! Lash soaks up the heat, talks more trash, then has Kelani on ropes. Lash whips to RAM Kelani, then brings her up to RAM her again! Lash scoops and swings for a BACKBREAKER! Kelani writhes, Lash drags her into position for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed, the fans rally up, and Lash stalks Kelani to ropes. Lash talks more trash, CHOKES Kelani and thrashes her around! The ref counts, Lash lets off and Kelani sputters. Lash stands Kelani up, whips her to a corner then gets her on the rebound for another whip.

Kelani ELBOWS back! Kelani wrenches but Lash ROCKS her! Lash scoops for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Lash thrashes Kelani but Kelani still endures! The fans rally as Kelani swings free, only for Lash to block the arm-drag and SLAM Kelani down! Lash runs to SPLASH onto knees! Fans fire up as Kelani saves herself! Kelani staggers back up to fire off forearms, and even CHOPS! The fans rally as Kelani keeps throwing shots! Lash shoves Kelani, Kelani dodges and RANA- NO! Lash blocks that to bring Kelani up! But Kelani flips through the bomb! Kelani BOOTS back, goes up a corner, and she leaps to FLYING RANA!

The fans fire up, Lash staggers up, into a SHOTGUN! Lash ends up in a corner, Jakara is worried, and Kelani blocks a boot, steps over, and WHEEL KICKS! Kelani kips up, hurries to a corner, but Jakara is there! Kelani DECKS Jakara first! But Lash SUPER CHOKE SLAMS Kelani!! Cover, Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall

Kelani may be one of a kind, but that’s the problem: there’s only one of her and always Meta Four! And then Kiana James & Izzi Dame storm out here! They look to pick the bones! Izzi CHOKES Kelani, haul her up, but Kelani kicks! Kiana blocks, but Kelani uses that to flip out and free! Kelani then ducks Izzi, dodges Kiana, sends them into each other, and bails out! Fans fire up as Kelani escapes at least one numbers game. Will the Gym Princess prove that nothing will break her fighting spirit?

 

Backstage interview with the Good Brothers.

Kelly Kincaid catches up with Gallows & Anderson, and speaks on this shocking appearance here on NXT. Yes, the boys are back in town, and they’ll stay here as long as they want. Gallows says he is absolutely thrilled about this. He doesn’t know if Chase U is, but Gallows was always a terrible student anyway. Anderson says the same for him, though he did enjoy the Chase U calendar. But when it comes to the NXT Tag Team Championships, they will separate the men–that’s the Good Brothers btw–from the boys. And they didn’t realize Baron Corbin came back to NXT just to become the world’s largest comedian.

But Bron Breakker, maybe the Good Brothers can be something that Big Poppa Pump and the Dog-faced Gremlin never were: a couple of heroes. But before all that, they gotta crush the dreams. And that means winning the NXT Tag Team Championships! It is the same old recipe: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, and Just Too Sweet. If you need them, they’ll be over here “brothering.” The Good Brothers have explained their reasoning, will they be unstoppable on their Road to WrestleMania?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart!

A social media war of words and a face-to-face confrontation forced The Morrigan’s hand a little, and now we have this title match! Will Lyra hit a Roadblock a few weeks early? Or can she find a way to Stand & Deliver against the Wild Child?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly takes care of business!

The bell rings and the fans duel as the two stare down. They approach, tie up, and go around. Lyra wrenches, waistlocks, and SLAMS! Shotzi gets up to facelock back, and then hits a snap takeover! Shotzi pulls on the facelock but Lyra moves around. Lyra wrenches out, trips Shotzi and goes for the leg, but Shotzi kicks her away. The fans applaud the standoff and the two reset. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and then hits a takeover. Shotzi fights around, Lyra cranks on the hold, but Shotzi rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Shotzi wants to headscissor. Lyra fights that off, traps an arm then floats around to roll and body scissor cradle, ONE!

Shotzi is up, Lyra runs up to wrench, and then she hooks Shotzi up in a MOUSE TRAP! TWO, and Shotzi runs up to wheelbarrow, victory roll, TWO! The two reset again and the fans continue to duel. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and Shotzi powers her way up and out. Then she passes Lyra to run her over! Shotzi howls to the moon and the fans fire up. Shotzi runs, Lyra drops then hurdles, but Shotzi comes back to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Lyra handsprings through and howls right back! Shotzi runs up, into a hip toss! And then another hip toss! Lyra whips, Shotzi blocks the knee to CHOP! Shotzi knuckle locks, goes up and up, then FLYING ARM-DRAGS!

Lyra ends up in a corner, Shotzi runs in, but Lyra puts her on the apron. Shotzi ROCKS Lyra first, then brings her into the ropes, APRON DDT! Shotzi clutches her leg, the fall perhaps double-edged. Both women are down and the fans rally as NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks on Shotzi as she clutches that knee. Lyra sits up and shakes out the stars, but she may not have taken the worse of that fall. Medics now check Shotzi’s leg, and the ref checks with Lyra. Shotzi hobbles but this doesn’t look good. The fans cheer Shotzi on as she tries to tough it out but the medics are having to help her stay standing. Shotzi sits back down, clearly in pain. Lyra stays nearby, also concerned for Shotzi. The medics help Shotzi back to her feet, and unfortunately, it seems the match is coming to an end. Shotzi does her best to walk on the bad leg, and she makes it to the back.

Lyra paces inside the ring, not wanting to win this way. NXT returns to single picture as everyone waits on the news. Ava Raine walks out, and she says that due to Shotzi’s injury, she is no longer able to compete. But the fans were promised an NXT Women’s Championship match, and that is what we are going to get. Ava says this is now an Open Challenge, so whoever makes it out here first will be Lyra’s new opponent. And here comes Meta Four’s Lash Legend! She wants to win twice in one night! Will this be the night Lash truly becomes a legend?

NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend!

The bell rings and Lash runs in! Lyra dodges to KICK, KICK and KICK! Lash DECKS Lyra, then drags Lyra up. Lyra pushes Lash back, staggers up, and Lash eggs her on. Lash TOSSES Lyra, then stalks her to ropes. Lash half nelsons and grinds Lyra down to a cover, TWO! Lash keeps on Lyra with a chinlock and she thrashes Lyra around. The fans rally as Lyra endures. Lyra fights up, but Lash wrangles her back down! Lash leans on Lyra, but Lyra fights up again. The fans rally, but Lash whips Lyra. Lyra RAMS into Lash, KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS, then reels Lash in. But Lash fights the suplex to throw body shots!

Lash whips Lyra to a corner, runs up but Lyra BOOTS her! Lyra goes up the corner, leaps, but Lash catches her! Lash shakes her head, then swings Lyra into the BACKBREAKER! Lyra flounders, Lash drags her to a cover, TWO!! Lyra is still in this but Lash pie faces her. Lyra SLAPS back! Lash and Lyra pie face, then Lash DECKS Lyra again! Lash drops a BIG elbow on Lyra, pushes her to a cover, TWO! Lyra is tougher than that but Lash pushes her around. The fans rally behind Lyra as she goes to a corner. Lash ROCKS Lyra, whips her into a corner hard, then whips her back in! Lyra stays up but Lash LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO!!

Lyra survives once again and Lash grows frustrated. Lash hauls Lyra up, Canadian Racks, and she bends Lyra back! Lyra endures, pries at the grip, and manages to flip out and free! Lyra RAMS into Lash while Roxie returns to the locker room. She learns about this change from Lyra VS Shotzi to Lyra VS Lash while Lyra fires clotheslines! Lyra runs and LARIATS Lash down! Roxie is furious that another person passed her up in line, and she CHUCKS the TV!! Roxie storms out again, but back to the ring, Lyra runs to RANA Lash! Lash staggers up, Lyra ENZIGIRIS, and down goes Lash! Lyra aims, runs up, but Lash blocks the heel kick!

Lash lifts Lyra to SLAM DUNK CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO?!?! Lyra survives and Lash is beside herself! Lash drags Lyra up again, whips her to a corner hard, then runs up. Lyra BOOTS Lash, then goes up the corner. The fans rally and duel, Lyra leaps for the CROSSBODY! Down goes Lash, Lyra hurries back to a cover, TWO! Lyra drags Lash up and fireman’s carries?! Lash is too big and she slips free, to BOOT Lyra down! Lash high stacks, TWO!!! Lyra survives again and Lash is losing her cool! Lash drags Lyra up to put her on the top rope. The fans rally as Lash climbs, but Lyra fires forearms!

Lyra ELBOWS Lash down, adjusts, and leaps for the DIVING SPLASH! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Lash tried to capitalize on her momentum, but not even she could stop The Morrigan! That’s another feather in the cap, or rather the shoulder pads, for Lyra, but will she continue to soar to new heights on this Road to WrestleMania Weekend?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, even with the very real misfortune in the main event. It’s been known basically since this past Friday because of how Alba Fyre stepped in to take Shotzi’s place in the Women’s Elimination Chamber qualifiers, but seeing the moment where a drop off the apron Shotzi has done quite a few times is just one drop too many and her knee gives out. Get well soon, Shotzi. But also, kudos to NXT for pivoting so well with that. Lash got a big although cheaty win off Kelani, and she was already dressed so good of them to have her go back out there.

I also like how it fed into Roxie’s story, she missed out on the Open Challenge call cuz she apparently took a shower and got dressed. Roxie and Wren had a really good match that of course Roxie won, and it sounds like Roxie will try to win another opportunity either for Roadblock or Stand & Deliver. I don’t think it’ll work out for her, which can still work for her story as she perhaps even moves on to Raw or SmackDown (probably more SmackDown) after WrestleMania weekend. At this point, something has to happen where we get Lyra VS Tatum with how much Tatum is obsessed with Lyra and always hanging around.

Great opening title match from King VS Oba, and I like Stone wanting after King and costing him. We’re definitely getting King VS Von as a battle of second generation superstars. Awesome match from Briggs VS Jensen, probably the best singles match either guy has ever had in NXT. Briggs of course was winning but in a way, he’s right, him doing this for Jensen really did help. Briggs probably moves on towards a title match, maybe even Oba and the North American title. That’d be some big meaty men slapping meat and throwing hands. Then fun promo from Meta Four and No Quarter Catch Crew, can’t wait to see who faces Dar next week.

Really good promo from Ridge, but I feel like his apology will end up interrupted by Gallus. Maybe we get some kind of No Disqualification stipulation for Ridge VS Joe Coffey for Roadblock. Honestly, Roadblock has the potential to be as big as Stand & Deliver, especially with Melo and Dragunov having promos to set up their title match for that Tuesday. At the same time, that match for Roadblock could make for a great return moment from Trick, maybe that sets up a Triple Threat for Stand & Deliver? That’d be such an awesome way to wrap up all these stories as Melo prepares to move on to SmackDown.

And really good integration of the Chase U and tag title stories. Good promo from Thea, Jacy and Jazmyn with Arianna to set up Jacy VS Arianna. I was sensing something was going to sour for Chase U and it seems to be that Jacy can’t help but wrestle like a Heel and that Jazmyn is willing to do that with her. And they’re already giving us what we need for a tag match, Jacy & Jazmyn VS Fallon & Thea with Fallon & Thea bonding over their hard times. Really good promo from Wolf Dogs, Chase U and Frazer-Axiom setting up that great tag match. Chase U winning makes sense, they can make for a solid first defense under the Wolf Dog belts, or even a solid new team if Wolf Dogs are one-and-done given Bron is “signed” to SmackDown now.

And at the same time, didn’t think Gallows & Anderson would show up here in NXT (again, apparently, even though I forgot the first time). Whether it’s Wolf Dogs or Chase U, the Good Brothers would make for a solid title feud. And then I really like the promo from The D’Angelo Family. This is clearly a sign that Tony wants THE NXT Championship and he’ll probably even expect Stacks to get a midcard title. If it’s Trick at the top after Stand & Deliver, he and Tony could have some real awesome promos and matches as two NXT homegrown talents.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.16.2024

Rich Swann…how dumb are you going to be? Do we see 0-4 in this current TNA incarnation?

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So let’s see if this will give us anything to talk about. Trent Seven will make his TNA ring debut technically, and Rich Swann is going to continue this reign of stupidity where he gets distracted from help. I can’t tolerate the level of babyface stupid Swann has looked during this. Who does this help? It ain’t Francis and it ain’t Rich. If we get an evil Rich payoff who just becomes a mega heel…maybe. But it’s painful.

Ratings:

  • Trent Seven vs Shera: Trent wins via BirmingHammer – ** 1/2
  • Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch –

 

Results:

Trent Seven vs Shera

So, Shera gonna be the jobbing gatekeeper of getting momentum for bigger matches. Either that, or Maclin interferes to give Shera a dirty win, but Shera eating the pin seems more likely to me.

Simple tie up that turns into Shera laying in the Shoulder Tackle, trying to bully Trent, but he slips a Slam attempt, lights up Shera with a few chops and then a Snap DDT. Shera powders after the DDT, makes space, slides in, Trent follows, and Shera runs the ropes, ducks the Lariat and a Big Boot sends Trent’s tooth flying and drops him. Shera starts manhandling Trent, running him from corner to corner, Stalling Suplex after the corner attack and Trent has had no offense. Shera goes for a goozle, Trent tries to fight back with some punches, bounces off the ropes and eats a Spinebuster.

Shera then goes to the top turnbuckle, looking for something big and unusual from him. So of course Trent cuts him off with Chops, Headbutts and a big Superplex finally gives Trent and opening. Overhand chop from Trent, tries another Suplex, but Shera blocks and rains down some clubbing forearms. Trent tries to fire, Pop & Bang, some apron battling but Shera gets the best of things, Chokeslam on the apron, rolls Trent back in and Trent kicks out.

Going for the frustration chokes, Shera is trying anything but Trent chops a few times, Backfist, Lariat, for…a near fall. Trent keeps slapping the back of Shera, BirmingHammer for the win!

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“Around the Ring” with Gia Miller and her guest Xia Brookside. Apparently they bonded over accents and horses. So it seems like Xia just has an affinity for cowboys and stuff, so Gia was totally up her alley. They make a little country posse, its cute, but cringey…but cute. 

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Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch

If Rich goes 0-4…I will be, AJ Francis shows up for commentary. Christ…Rich is gonna lose to the other Good Hand ain’t he?

Rich Swann and Skyler go back and forth but you’re always just waiting for the shoe to drop. Rich has the advantage, goes to the top for the Phoenix Splash, Hotch gets up on the apron and AJ Francis leave commentary and takes out Hotch. But for some stupid reason Swann is distracted by the assistance, then Skyler hits an Avalanche Forward Rolling Senton for the win.

I can’t even understand the level of moronic babyface Rich Swann is for this angle.

 

Overall Score: 4.5/10

This was…the definition of useless. Trent’s match was okay, but obvious because Shera is a gatekeeper to looking decent before a major match. Rich, as I’ve said many times, just looks unabashedly stupid. I’m over this, Rich needs to turn heel at No Surrender or within a week or so. All of this was cringey, stupid and a waste of time, especially Xia and Gia.

Ugh.


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